One of Canada’s Top 10 holiday light shows, as chosen by the travel experts at where.ca
Located in Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is a beautiful, outdoor walk-through lights experience, with about a million dollars worth of displays and other special features. Just to give you an idea, we have miniature trains which carry the whole family around our pre-set paths, as well as open bonfires where you can savour that cup of hot chocolate, and treats that are available in the park from several different food vendors.
New this year! Food Truck Frenzies on Monday nights!! mmm…..
Like rare cars? Check out our raffle!!
Check out our Events/Calendar Tab for everything Festival!
Look at the Calendar of Events in the sidebar to see what is happening every day!
Don’t forget your camera!
Now glowing for its 18th year, the Festival is a non-profit society, supported by your donations, revenue from train tickets, and our corporate and community sponsors.
We pride ourselves on being Family and Budget Friendly so admission is by cash donation and we don’t even charge for parking! We do encourage you to make a cash donation at one of our three brightly colored Toy Soldier Guard Houses as it helps us to Keep Glowing.
Donations of $20 or more are eligible for tax-deductible receipts through our sister organization Airdrie Festival of Lights Foundation (# 88790 3920 RR0001)
As well train rides are only $2 and children 2 and under ride free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Dates & Hours
The Airdrie Festival of Lights runs every night in December starting on December 1 all the way through to December 31 from 6pm – 9pm.
We are able to run every night thanks to our many volunteers, but there are many spots still to be filled. In particular we are in need of volunteers for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. To find out what’s available, pop into the Volunteer Trailer at the park any evening (This will give you a good idea of how we do things) or send a message to our Coordinator, Michelle Pirzek at email@example.com. Remember, we Can’t GlowWithout You!
To reach the Airdrie Festival of Lights:
From Calgary and other locations south of Airdrie, take Deerfoot Trail and Highway 2 to the third Airdrie exit (Veteran’s Blvd); stay left on the exit and travel west about 1 kilometre, while moving to the inside (left) lane. Turn left at the traffic signals at Main Street, then travel 2.7 km south, and turn right into Nose Creek Park.
(You can also access the Festival from the first northbound Airdrie exit, which is a less scenic route. From the first exit ramp, turn left, and travel west on (Yankee Valley Blvd) about 1 kilometre, to the traffic lights at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street, and travel north about 1 kilometer, then turn left into Nose Creek Park.)
From Red Deer and locations north of Airdrie, take the first southbound exit into Airdrie, turn right off the ramp and travel west on Veterans’ Blvd. about 1 kilometer, while moving into the inside lane. Turn left at the Main Street traffic lights and then travel south 2.7 km, and turn right into Nose Creek Park.
If you use a GPS, enter Nose Creek Park, or Nose Creek Valley Museum at 1701 Main Street (the park is located directly behind the museum).
A number of parking spots immediately adjacent to the Festival displays are reserved for vehicles with Handicap permits.
In addition, golf cart transportation, for those unable to walk through the Festival, is usually available, although it cannot be guaranteed or reserved. Availability depends on the number of visitors requesting their use and the number of volunteers available to drive.
Dogs on leashes are always welcome at the Airdrie Festival of Lights. However, please be advised that pets are not allowed in the tent, where food may be served. We also recommend that pets be left at home if you plan to attend the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
The Nose Creek Pond, within the Festival of Lights displays, is a popular skating destination every winter.
However, the Pond is not part of the Festival, and we are unable to provide information about the thickness of the ice or whether or not it is safe for skating.
Please direct your skating inquiries to the City of Airdrie, 403-948-8800.
Miniature train rides: for everyone in the family, just $2 per person. Children 2 and under ride free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Be sure to bring your camera for this highlight of the Festival!
Hot Chocolate is available every night of the Festival for only $2/cup! It’s just the thing to sip while standing beside an open bonfire enjoying the lights of the Festival!
Bonfires: Speaking of bonfires, we have two of them, thanks to our sponsor Excel Homes.
Keep checking the Calendar of Events in the sidebar to see what’s going on every night!!